Breaking New York Times story about IRS targeting of the “Friends of Abe” is reminiscent of Joseph McCarthy’s Hollywood cleansing.
LOS ANGELES — In a famously left-leaning Hollywood, where Democratic fund-raisers fill the social calendar, Friends of Abe stands out as a conservative group that bucks the prevailing political winds.
A collection of perhaps 1,500 right-leaning players in the entertainment industry, Friends of Abe keeps a low profile and fiercely protects its membership list, to avoid what it presumes would result in a sort of 21st-century blacklist, albeit on the other side of the partisan spectrum.
Now the Internal Revenue Service is reviewing the group’s activities in connection with its application for tax-exempt status. Last week, federal tax authorities presented the group with a 10-point request for detailed information about its meetings with politicians like Paul D. Ryan, Thaddeus McCotter and Herman Cain, among other matters, according to people briefed on the inquiry.
Carol Platt from Town Hall had this to say
Show business is a lefty paradise, so myopically liberal that these apostles of tolerance see nothing ironic about a Latina actress, Maria Conchita Alonso, being bullied simply for having supported a non-liberal, Tea Party candidate.
Hollywood is full of left-wing activist groups — Norman Lear’s People for the American Way, a 501(c)(3), being the prime example. There are a couple tiny, modest little counterparts on the right, where for the most part, participants keep quiet for fear of getting the same treatment as Maria Conchita Alonso.
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